7 Steps to complete on this last day:
1) If you don't have one already, create a space devoted for your writing.
2) Organize your space. Purge and cleanse the space of everything but your manuscript and notes.
3) Hang your Plot Planner for easy viewing where you do your daily writing.
4) Create your writing schedule for the new year. Take out the calendar you bought on Day Twenty-Seven.
Think long and hard about your daily life and obligations, and your personal best and most productive times of the day. Decide how many days a week you are willing to devote to your writing. Add an extra day to that.
Now mark on your calendar the days and time you will devote to your writing. If you have to, wake up an hour early or stay up an hour later than you are used to.
By scheduling in your writing time, you'll be more apt to stick to the schedule. Plus, when friends or family or work request/demand your time, you'll more easily be able to tell them the truth:
I have a pre-arranged appointment at that time. We'll have to come up with another time.
Without the pre-scheduled time, chances are much greater that you'll put yourself and your writing last, which invariably means you'll not get to it.
Don't despair if you find that honoring yourself and your writing time difficult at first. With practice, however, you'll find yourself joyfully committed to your writing time. An added bonus is that when the muse finds you consistently showing up, creativity will more readily be available to you. The habit itself creates miracles and mysteries.
5) Create a writing ritual for yourself. For instance, every morning at 4:30AM before I begin writing, I make myself a cup of green tea and drink a glass of water. From having done the same ritual everyday for so many years, my body knows immediately what I am up to and responds in kind.
6) If you're going to write during family time, consider creating some sort of signal so your family members know you're working and honor your time by not interrupting. Isabel Allende lights a candle and as long as the candle burns her family knows not to bother her. A dear friend hangs a sign indicating her "office hours" that day. So long as it's hanging on her writing studio door, her husband knows not to enter. The more seriously you take your writing time, the more seriously your family and friends will honor your writing time, too.
7) Tonight after all the festivities of saying goodbye to '09 and greeting '10, before you fall asleep, see yourself tomorrow going through each step of your ritual and really see yourself writing, for even longer than the length of time you scheduled. Ask the "powers that be" to help support your efforts in the morning and to show you in ways that only the great beyond is able to that you have been heard...
Great good luck!!
Continue to visit here for inspiration as I unwind from plot consultations and comment on the problems other writers confront in their process and offer tips to keep going.
My intention is and always has been to help support writers to keep at the business of writing.
May all your dreams come true next year...